Data, devices promote healthier living

Health psychologist Deborah Tate studies people's lifestyle choices to find out what it takes to get people to adopt healthier behaviors that can help prevent chronic disease.

Deborah Tate wants not only to help people battle obesity but those just trying to stay healthy.  She works at the intersection of diet, exercise, research and technology.

Tate is an associate professor in health behavior and in nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also holds a joint appointment in the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Tate is a cognitive-behavioral psychologist whose primary interests lie in obesity prevention, treatment and behavioral interventions. Her research focuses on strategies for improving weight loss and the translation of obesity treatment programs using alternatives to clinic-based care, often by employing new technologies. She has developed and evaluated several of the first randomized trials using the Internet, e-mail and other online technologies to deliver behavioral treatments for obesity. She also continues to conduct a series of studies to determine which features of Internet weight control programs contribute to efficacy.

The video, produced by the American Psychological Association gives an overview of Associate Professor’s Tate’s specific work and interests, some of the research challenges she’s tackling, and the ways she goes about creating treatments, interventions and solutions for people looking to battle obesity or who are just trying to stay healthy.

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